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This publication explores the reciprocity among Buddhist, Derridean, and Foucauldian understandings approximately ethics, subjectivity, and ontological contingency, to enquire the moral and political capability of perception meditation perform. The ebook is narrated from the viewpoint of a postcolonial ‘Western Buddhist’ convert who, regardless of transforming into up in Singapore the place Buddhism used to be part of his disaporic ‘Chinese’ ancestral history, in basic terms embraced Buddhism whilst he migrated to Australia and came upon Western translations of Buddhist teachings. via an autoethnography of the author’s Buddhist-inspired pursuit of an educational career, the booklet develops and professes a non-doctrinal knowing of religion that could be pertinent to ‘believers’ and ‘non-believers’ alike, inviting the tutorial reader particularly to think about the (unacknowledged) position of religion in assisting scholarly perform. remarkable a cautious stability among severe research and self-reflexive inquiry, the booklet plays in all senses of the observe, a occupation of faith.

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For the Nobel Peace Prize of 1967. The idea of ‘interbeing’ derives from the coterminous Buddhist doctrines of impermanence (anicca) and not-self (anattā), both of which point to the interdependence of all phenomena: the mutually constitutive relation between the personal and social, self and other. Nhat Hanh’s vision looks towards ‘communities of resistance’ that would embrace the ‘long-term struggle’, where participants would ‘stand up more visibly and perhaps with more risk’ (Berrigan and Nhat Hanh 1975: 117, 121).

Another figure whose work was pivotal in paving the way for the development of individualist and capitalist spirituality is Abraham Maslow. In Religions, Values and Peak Experiences Maslow (1976: 27–28) argues from the basis of ‘peak experience’ that the ‘most fundamental religious or transcendent experience [is] a totally private and personal one’; that each person has their own ‘private religion’ which is revealed to them through their own ‘private myths and symbols, rituals and ceremonials’, which has ‘no meaning to anyone else’ beyond the individual concerned.

Although Buddhism has typically given priority to the spiritual liberation of the individual, engaged Buddhists look for ways to expand the notion of spiritual liberation to other arenas (without abandoning the essential role of individual enlightenment). (Kraft 1999: 9) TOWARDS A SPIRITUALLY ENGAGED CULTURAL STUDIES 35 Put simply, engaged or Engaged Buddhism entails ‘both inner and outer work’: ‘We must change the world, we must change ourselves, and we must change ourselves in order to change the world’ (Kraft 1999: 10).

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